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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Character assassination

Usually enemies attack a person's character before they take his life.

This time around, the attorney representing Florida cop-wannabe George Zimmerman appears to be teaming up with the Sanford police department to besmirch the name of Trayon Martin, the 17-year-old gunned down in February.

A police report saying Zimmerman had a broken nose and injuries to the back of his head magically emerged after the intense national spotlight shone on the case. Also "unearthed"was a report the teen had been suspended for a trace amount of marijuana was found in a baggie inside his backpack.

The smokescreen is designed to obscure the fact Zimmerman was stalking the teen, who was "armed" with iced tea and Skittles. And the confrontation took place after police told Zimmerman to stay in his car and not pursue the teen he had reported for allegedly suspicious behavior.

Those facts are not in dispute. And attempting to smear the teen after his death is as questionable as a law that allows someone to fire a deadly weapon without so much as an investigation into the circumstances.

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Blogger thecorn said...

well there is no question Zimmerman went looking trayvon as best we know, but do we really know that? where did their fight and shooting take place in relation to Zimmerman's home? and did trayvon throw a sucker punch catching Zimmerman off guard and did the fight continue to the point were Zimmerman felts his life was in danger? i want an honest and thorough and fair investigation? and i want black leaders to stop using incendiary language? when gabby Gifford's was shot liberals blame right wing talk radio for it. whats good for the goose is good for the gander!

March 27, 2012 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if Trayvon sucker punched him, you can't avail yourself of a self-defense claim if you created the situation that made it necessary. E.g., by following someone you believe is dangerous.

That is a common rule even in states where there is a "Stand Your Ground" law.

March 27, 2012 1:57 PM  

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